Known for his Latin and jazz-infused rock fusion, Carlos Santana is no stranger to musical revolution.
The multiple Grammy award winner has given us some swanky tunes including his signature guitar tone -- when he turned SF upside down with Trey Anastasio. In an exclusive interview to City Express, Santana also shared his admiration for other musicians like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and John Coltrane among others.
“I am a universal note that is trying to be one with everyone. It is indeed a great opportunity for me to be able to visit this beautiful country which is known for its philosophy, art and music. I feel privileged to be here,” said the 65-year-old musician who was accompanied by his jazz and rock drummer wife Cindy Blackman.
Santana’s band’s sound has often featured melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms.
He was also responsible for featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas which are not generally heard in rock music.
"I think music is universal and its a great way to connect with each other. I think music should be inspiring and talk about life. Through my music, I would like to bring out the elegance and peaceful nature of our country,” he added.
The musician who was in town for his show also spoke about his views on spirituality, music and his relationship with the guitar.